John A. Gilk, Sr., 96, of Miller, South Dakota, and formerly of Steele/Dawson, N.D., died Friday, May 7, 2004 at Prairie Good Samaritan Center in Miller.
Funeral Mass was celebrated Tuesday, May 11 at 10 a.m. at St. Ann's Catholic Church
in Miller with Fr. John Helmueller officiating. Burial was Wednesday, May 12 at 1 p.m. at
Holy Cross Cemetery in Steele, North Dakota.
Casketbeaerers were Tom, Paul, Todd, Matt, Jason and Sarah Gilk, Jill Holt, Mike Arlien and April McNaboe.
Reck Funeral Home, Miller, was in charge of arrangements.
John Allen Gilk was born July 3, 1907 near Dawson, North Dakota, to Hugo and Anna (Anderson) Gilk. He attended grade school in Kidder County and graduated from Dawson High School in 1926.
In 1928 he worked for Gamble-Skogmo Inc. and managed the store in Sheboygan, Wis.
On June 25, 1931, he married Dione Hough at Tappen, North Dakota. He began farming with his father at Dawson in 1933.
He was active during the depression years as foreman on school renovation and construction, WPA projects and Dawson School. He held numerous other sales positions until he returned to farming in 1941. During this time, he was active as a member of the Dawson School Board, Dawson Town and Country Club and P.T.A. He was also township supervisor, Selective Service Draft Board member, FHA Director and president of East Missouri Mutual Aid Telephone Association for Burliegh, Emmons and Kidder counties.
In 1954 he sold the farm and moved to Jamestown, N.D., where he was a field representative and sales manager for the Peterson-Biddick Company. From 1966-1972, he was in furniture and mobile home sales. He retired in June of 1972 and moved to Steele, N.D.
After retirement he was the Assessor for the City of Steele from 1973-1981. During the
summers of 1978 and 1979, he was the coordinator for the Steele School Board, U.S.
Department of Labor and interstate engineering during a large recreation project for the
In 1991, John and Dione moved to Miller and lived in the Plaza apartments. Dione died
in September of 1994.
Over the years, John was a member of the Lions Club, Knights of Columbus and was
voted Catholic Family of the Year by the Tappen, N.D. lodge in 1975. He was a past
member of St. Paul's Catholic Church in Tappen for 13 years, St. Francis de Sales
Catholic Church in Steele for 19 years and St. Ann's Catholic Church in Miller.
In his spare time, John enjoyed woodworking, small engine repair, gardening, furniture
repair and refinishing. He was a kind and intelligent man who loved doing things for his
family and many friends.
Survivors include two sons, John Jr. (Dorothy) Gilk of Idaho Falls, Idaho, and Dennis
(Jane) Gilk of Miller; a daughter, Marcella (Gary) Arlien of Ashley, N.D.; a
daughter-in-law, Ginger Foerster of Azusa, Calif.; 17 grandchildren and 17
He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife of 63 years, Dione; a son, Kenneth;
two sisters, Pauline and Mabel; and two grandchildren.
John A. Gilk Sr.
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